“My Dear Irish Boy”


"My Connor, his cheeks are as ruddy as morning...." The girl describes her love. But "The wars are all over, and lonely I've waited, I fear that some envious plot has been laid." Though hope is almost lost, she wanders to look for her "dear Irish boy"


Broadside LOCSinging as101620: H. De Marsan dating per _Studying Nineteenth-Century Popular Song_ by Paul Charosh in American Music, Winter 1997, Vol 15.4, Table 1, available at FindArticles site. - BS


  • Bodleian, Harding B 11(157), "Dear Irish Boy," H. Such (London), 1849-1862; also Harding B 11(1219), Harding B 11(819), Harding B 11(2269), Firth c.26(168), 2806 b.11(185), Harding B 26(121), "[The] Dear Irish Boy"
  • LOCSinging, as101620, "The Dear Irish Boy," H. De Marsan (New York), 1861-1864


  1. SHenry H142, p. 294, "My [The] Dear Irish Boy" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. O'Conor, p. 57, "The Dear Irish Boy" (1 text)
  3. Roud #1555
  4. BI, HHH142


Alternate titles: “The Dear Irish Maid”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: before 1863 (broadside, Bodleian Harding B 11(157))
Found in: Ireland